Delivering your baby in a different culture than where you were raised will require for you to think childbirth in a deeper way. Childbirth practices are different around the world and even in Europe there are great differences. You probably have something in mind for your labor and delivery, but that can be quite different from the Finnish way. Our background and unfortunately media, has a great impact on that.
When you deliver your baby in Finland you might face some issues that are maybe conflicting with your own image of birth. You need to find out the history and reasoning behind both of them and decide which one is closest to your way. In Finland we have great government supported maternity care system and delivering your baby in Finland is one of the safest in the world. This does not mean that you need to fit into the system one way and forget your background and wishes.
I urge you to find out how the Finnish system works, compare it to your own experience and knowledge and find your way of laboring and delivering your baby.
In the online lecture "Childbirth in Finland" you can find information on how the Finnish system works. Educate yourself also on how birth unfolds, how your body is designed to labor and you can totally do it! Find out how you can be an active participant as well as on medications and interventions. This way you are well prepared for the greatest experience you will have, the way you would like to have it.
(Marjaana Siivola, Childbirth Educator and Doula)
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